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Free Music, Dance, and Theater Performances at the Getty This Spring

Featuring Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles (Sold Out), Leonard Crofoot's Nijinsky Speaks, Eko Supriyanto, and Nesting Dolls

Reservations Now Available Online

April 27, 2001

Los Angeles--Upcoming spring performances at the Getty include a rousing weekend of afternoon mariachi music and elegant evenings with rising stars of dance and theater. May begins with Sounds of L.A., the Getty's free weekend concert series, celebrating Cinco de Mayo. On Saturday and Sunday, May 5 and 6 at 3 p.m., the acclaimed Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles--America's first all-female mariachi group--presents a SOLD OUT pair of concerts.

The following week, the free Friday Nights at the Getty series continues with its own brand of eclectic evening performances. On Friday May 11 at 7:30 p.m., Leonard Crofoot presents his gripping dance/theater piece "Nijinsky Speaks." On Friday, May 25, Javanese dancer/choreographer Eko Supriyanto will offer a rare evening of his own choreography with live gamelan accompaniment. On Friday, June 15, Nesting Dolls, Cid Pearlman's punk-lyric contemporary company, takes the Getty stage with their unique and exhilarating dance style.

All Sounds of L.A. and Friday Nights at the Getty performances are free and take place in the Harold M. Williams Auditorium at 1200 Getty Center Drive. Sounds of LA performances start at 3 p.m. Friday Nights at the Getty performances start at 7:30 p.m. Please call 310-440-7300 for required seating reservations. Each caller may request up to four seats per reservation. Reservations for free events may now also be made through the Getty Web site at

Seating is general admission and performance reservations are honored up to 15 minutes before show time. Note: Visitors to the Getty on weekdays after 4 p.m. (including Thursday and Friday nights), weekends, and college students with current school I.D. may visit the Getty without parking reservations. However, event seating reservations are still required. Parking is $5 per car.

The Friday Nights at the Getty series provides the perfect evening opportunity to explore the Museum art galleries, dine indoors or outside, and enjoy the spectacular hilltop views of the city by night. The galleries are open until 9 p.m., and both the Cafe and Restaurant are open until 8:30 p.m. Call 310-440-7300 for Restaurant reservations.


Sounds of L.A.
Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6, 3 p.m.
Con Mucho Corazón: The Music of Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles

America's first all-female mariachi group brings their infectious harmonies and spirited creativity to the Getty Center. This conjunto of dynamic charro-suited women, ages 14-34, is both a tradition breaker and a guardian of mariachi roots. The group mixes mariachi masterpieces with popular cover tunes and has shared the stage with such fine Latin performers as Lola Beltran, Vikki Carr, Miguel Aceves Mejia, Guadalupe Piñeda, and Lucha Villa. Jose Hernandez of Mariachi Sol de Mexico® conceived the idea of this all-female group and conducted a nationwide screening to discover the best female mariachi musicians in the country.

Friday Nights at the Getty
Friday, May 11, 7:30 p.m.
Nijinsky Speaks

Witness the rise and fall of a genius and madman as veteran Broadway actor/dancer Leonard Crofoot conjures up the lovers, tormentors, triumphs, and ultimate descent into dementia of legendary dancer Vaslav Nijinsky. Dubbed the "God of the Dance," Nijinsky both enthralled and shocked international audiences and is now known as the first male modern dancer-choreographer of the 20th century. New York magazine's John Simons praised Nijinksy Speaks: "This is more than just the story of a meteoric genius," he writes, ". . . what emerges is not so much the tragedy of madness as the triumph of ten years that shook the ballet world and left an ineradicable imprint on the shape of dance." Crofoot's many credits as a dancer include national tours, TV shows, and Tony and Academy Awards. His latest film role is the new Coen brothers' project, currently titled The Barbers Project, starring Billy Bob Thornton and James Gandolfini.

Friday, May 25, 7:30 p.m.
Joget: An Evening of Dance with Eko Supriyanto

Javanese dancer/choreographer Eko Supriyanto offers a rare opportunity to see some of his own new choreography set to live gamelan music directed by I Nyoman Wenten. Supriyanto is a graduate of the Indonesian Institute of the Arts in Surakart, Central Java, Indonesia. From age 7, he trained in Javanese Court dance and traditional martial arts. He has since studied intensive modern technique, improvisation, teaching methods, and choreography with Victoria Marks, Angelia Leung, Simone Forti, Nina Martin, and David Rousseve at UCLA. As a performer and choreographer, he has worked across Indonesia, Japan, Europe, and the United States. Recently he was a dance consultant for Julie Taymor's The Lion King Disney production at the Pantages Theatre, Hollywood, and will dance with Madonna on her upcoming tour.

Friday, June 15, 7:30 p.m.
Nesting Dolls

Under the artistic direction of choreographer Cid Pearlman, the punk-lyric contemporary dance company Nesting Dolls presents exhilarating dances that layer intricate formal structures with dynamic motion and a refreshing dose of irony. Newly relocated to Los Angeles from San Francisco, Nesting Dolls is noted by San Francisco Bay Guardian for its "stirring fusion of aggressive attack and strong technical lyricism." At the Getty, Nesting Dolls will perform the acclaimed piece Drive and present the Los Angeles premiere of Church/Sea, a lyric work. Both pieces have original scores by composer Jonathan Segel. The Nesting Dolls' dancers are Elizabeth Hoefner, David King, Miriam Kramer, Arianne MacBean, Carol McDowell, and Armin Moradian.

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